Master in Law

General

Program Description

Presentation

Flexibility implied abandoning the traditional model of nuclear and optional subjects and choosing a model in which all curricular units are optional, allowing the student to select the subjects according to their personal training project. In fact, there are no compulsory and / or structuring disciplines as these are included in the first cycle of training (undergraduate course); on the other hand, each student is able to define his or her training course, according to their professional or scientific objectives. It should be noted that this model is unique in our country but corresponds to the practice followed in some of the best American and European universities (Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia and Stanford in the United States, Cambridge and Oxford in Europe).

For this reason, the structure of the Master of Laws allows the choice between General or Specialized training.

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Master of Law (general)

  • Free choice of curricular units or seminars completing 60 ECTS
  • Dissertation in the area of one of the curricular units carried out

Master in Law (specialization)

  • Accomplishment of more than 33 ECTS in curricular units or mandatory seminars in the area
  • Dissertation in the same area of specialization

Thus, 90 ECTS correspond to the academic phase - 60 ECTS: each subject corresponds to 6 ECTS and each Seminar to 3 ECTS. The Dissertation corresponds to 30 ECTS.

In addition, this model also allows for the attendance (with or without evaluation and respective accreditation) of individual courses or seminars without the need for formal enrollment in the master's degree course. That is, professionals who, for any reason, do not have the possibility to attend the master's degree (or do not want to), can attend curricular units (disciplines or seminars) according to their need and / or availability.

About half of our master's students come from various Portuguese public and private universities, as well as from universities in some Portuguese speaking countries.

Entrance Examinations / Requirements:

Candidates holding any degree are admitted.

Syllabus

The Law School offers a Masters in Law in a unique model in the country, in which all the curricular units are optional, allowing to select the disciplines and seminars for each personal training course, according to the professional and scientific objectives.

The structure of the Master in Law allows the choice between a General or Specialization:

a) Master in Law (General)

Study Plan: Free choice of all curricular units that complete 60 ECTS. Dissertation in the area of one of the curricular units made.

b) Master in Law (Specialization)

Study Plan: Completion of at least 33 ECTS in compulsory curricular units or seminars of the selected area and free choice of the remaining curricular units, until a total of 60 ECTS is completed. Dissertation in the same area of specialization.

Specialization areas

  • Private Law: This area seeks to deepen matters essentially related to Civil Law. Each year, the School makes an effort to include subjects and / or seminars related to emerging areas of Private Law in this area. This area is specially designed for legal professionals (lawyers and magistrates).

  • Criminal Law: This area aims to deepen the study of matters related to Criminal Law, and, especially, the study of emerging matters in this same area that tend to assume an increasing importance. The recent reality shows that a specialization in Criminal Law is justified, which contemplates, in addition to traditional subjects, the connection of this branch of Law to areas such as Tax Law, Administrative Law, International Law, among others. This area is specially designed for legal professionals (lawyers and magistrates).
  • Company and Business Law: This area seeks to deepen matters essentially related to Business Law, with a natural emphasis on Commercial Law, especially Commercial Law, but also contemplating the study of matters related to the exercise of business activity , such as Competition Law, Tax Law and Insolvency Law. This area is specially designed for those who intend to exercise (or exercise effectively) business law or consultancy for companies, and, of course, for company lawyers; it is also useful for legal professionals (lawyers and magistrates).

  • International and European Law: This is an area essentially directed at International and European Law, but without neglecting the study of Constitutional Law matters that, in some way, are linked to International Law. With such characteristics, this area is useful for anyone wishing to pursue a career in public administration and international institutions, including European Union institutions, and remains an excellent option for legal professionals (lawyers and magistrates).

  • Labor Law (Taught in post-work hours): The attention that is given to this branch of law in undergraduate courses is not proportional to the importance that labor issues assume in legal practice. Aware of this fact, and of the growing demand by legal professionals for a specialization in this area, we decided to create a new area of specialization in this branch of Law. Subjects that traditionally are not part of the curricula of law schools will be addressed, exploring some links to international law and social security law. This area is intended for all lawyers who exercise or intend to exercise their activity in the labor area, whether in the forum, in companies or in other organizations in general.

  • Tax Law: This area aims to deepen the study of matters related to Tax Law, and, especially, the study of emerging matters in this same area linked to other branches of Law. Thus, in addition to the deepening of traditional subjects linked to the study of the main taxes, the connections between Tax Law and International Law and Criminal Law are explored. This area is specially designed for those who intend to exercise (or exercise effectively) tax auditing and consultancy, business advocacy and consultancy to companies.

  • Administrative Law: aims to deepen matters relating to the most dynamic and innovative sectors of this vast branch of Law, in areas such as Public Procurement, Administrative Law, Administrative Procedural Law and Urbanism. In addition to the core disciplines, a set of seminars on specialized topics is offered each academic year, namely in the field of New Technologies and Administrative Law, Data Protection and Administrative Decentralization, among others. Area dedicated to a wide audience, comprising professionals linked to public administration and the forum.

Mobility

International Stages

The School of Law is strongly committed to providing its students with the comprehensive and qualifying training that results from international mobility experiences. In this context, it encourages and promotes the realization of various international internship modalities, according to the objectives and profile of the student, within the framework of the Erasmus Program, Free Mobility or the Curricular Internship Program in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Students taking these placements may, for this purpose, benefit from an Erasmus grant if the internship is carried out in a country covered by this program (eg Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Macedonia, Turkey), as well as a possible reduction of tuition fees during the mobility period.

The recognition of these internships results from enrollment in a diploma supplement, when they are not recognized as having a curricular value. All students enrolled in the 2nd cycle of the Law School can apply for the following internship modalities:

Curricular Internships at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mobility of students to Portuguese diplomatic missions (embassies, missions, consulates of the Curriculum Internship Program in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and can benefit from an Erasmus scholarship.

Research Internships

Mobility directed to the research for the master's dissertation, to be carried out after the end of the academic period, in a higher education institution, with a minimum duration of 2 months and a maximum of 5 months, being eligible for an Erasmus scholarship.

Internships for New Graduates

Mobility of recent graduates to carry out an internship in a diversified professional context, with a minimum duration of 2 months and a maximum of 12 months, to be completed after completion of the master's program, and can benefit from an Erasmus grant.

Summer internships

Mobility of students in a professional or university context, with a minimum duration of 2 months and a maximum of 3 months, and can benefit from an Erasmus scholarship.

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Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

Criado em 1978, o curso de licenciatura em Direito foi o primeiro a ser oferecido no Porto. Gradualmente, conquistou prestígio nacional e internacional, não apenas pelos seus professores e alunos, mas ... Read More

Criado em 1978, o curso de licenciatura em Direito foi o primeiro a ser oferecido no Porto. Gradualmente, conquistou prestígio nacional e internacional, não apenas pelos seus professores e alunos, mas também pelas suas iniciativas e excelentes instalações. Read less